Guide to Receiving a Shipping Container in London

Understanding the Delivery Process

At Shipping Containers of London, we strive to make the delivery of your container as efficient and hassle-free as possible. Here’s an overview of what to expect:

Delivery Schedule

  • Deliveries typically occur between 8 am and 7 pm, Monday to Friday. We work hard to meet your preferred delivery times.
  • When placing your order, we will agree on a specific delivery date. The truck driver will contact you on the day of delivery to provide an estimated arrival time.

On-Site Positioning

  • Our delivery includes a 30-minute period for positioning the container on-site. The ground must be solid and stable as our drivers cannot drive over grass or muddy areas.
  • The vehicle must be able to pull alongside the designated placement area to offload the container safely.

Driver and Safety

  • We work with local professional transport companies. The driver and customer are responsible for making all safety decisions on-site. It is crucial to ensure the delivery site is accessible and safe.

Preparing Your Site for Delivery

Proper site preparation is crucial to avoid any delivery issues. Here are the key steps you should take to ensure your site is ready:

Space Requirements

  • For a 20ft container, you will need approximately 60ft of clearance. For a 40ft container, about 110ft of clearance is required.
  • Ensure enough space for the delivery truck to turn and position the container. This includes navigating any gates or obstacles.

Ground Conditions

  • The delivery location must have a solid and level surface to prevent any issues during unloading. Acceptable surfaces include dry compacted gravel, dirt, asphalt, and concrete. Unacceptable surfaces include loose dirt, wet gravel, mud, sand, soft grass, snow, and ice.
  • If the ground conditions are not suitable, it may result in a failed delivery, and a dry run fee may apply.

Site Accessibility

  • Clear any obstructions, such as parked vehicles, bicycles, or other items that may block the truck’s path. The entrance to your site should be at least 12 feet wide.
  • Consider the size of the delivery vehicle in terms of height restrictions, overhead obstructions, and space for turning corners and entering gates.

Detailed Preparation Steps

Confirm Delivery Details

  • Ensure all delivery details are confirmed in advance, including the exact delivery address, contact information, and any specific instructions for the driver.
  • Discuss any potential access issues with our team to prevent last-minute complications.

Measure and Clear the Site

  • Measure the access route and the delivery site to confirm the container can be delivered safely. The delivery truck will need adequate space to manoeuvre, and the site must be free of obstacles.
  • Remove any overhead obstructions, such as low-hanging branches or wires, that could impede the truck’s access.

Ground Preparation

  • Prepare the ground where the container will be placed. The site must be firm, level, and capable of supporting the weight of the container and the truck.
  • Lay down a compacted gravel base to improve ground stability. This is particularly important if the ground is soft or prone to becoming muddy.

Access Considerations

  • Ensure the access route to the site is suitable for a large vehicle. This includes ensuring roads are wide enough, corners are not too tight, and there are no weight restrictions.
  • If your site has gates, they should be wide enough to accommodate the truck. Generally, a width of at least 12 feet is recommended.

Communication with Driver

  • On the day of delivery, maintain communication with the driver. Ensure that someone can guide the driver to the site and assist with any immediate decisions.
  • Provide the driver with a clear description of the site layout and any specific placement requirements.

Post-Delivery Checks and Additional Tips

Post-Delivery Checks

  • Once the container is in place, conduct a thorough inspection to ensure it is positioned correctly and there are no immediate issues. Check the container doors and ensure they open and close properly.
  • Verify that the container is level. Adjust the supports (such as rail sleepers) if necessary to ensure the container remains stable and accessible.

Seasonal Considerations

  • Rainy Season: During the rainy season, ensure the delivery site is well-drained to prevent waterlogging. Use gravel or sand to improve drainage if necessary.
  • Winter: In winter, clear any snow and ice from the delivery path and site. Use salt or sand to improve traction and prevent slipping.

Safety Precautions

  • Ensure that children and pets are kept from the delivery area to avoid accidents.
  • Wear appropriate safety gear, such as gloves and safety boots, during the delivery and placement process.

Future Site Adjustments

  • If you plan to move the container in the future, consider the placement of permanent structures around it. Ensure there is enough space to manoeuvre a truck for future relocations.
  • Regularly inspect the ground around the container for signs of settling or erosion and make adjustments as necessary to maintain stability.

What is container delivery with a hiab crane?
Container delivery with a crane involves using a vehicle to deliver and place shipping containers. These vehicles have a crane arm, allowing them to lift and manoeuvre containers into position.
How far can a truck reach when lifting a shipping container?
The reach of a truck with a crane varies depending on the size and weight of the container and the specific truck's crane capacity. Generally, bigger trucks have better reach, but it's best to inform the haulier of your specific needs for an accurate assessment.
Can trucks deliver shipping containers over fences or walls?
Yes, trucks equipped with cranes can lift containers over obstacles like fences or walls, provided the height and depth are within the crane's reach. It's essential to inform the haulier about such obstacles to ensure the correct vehicle is used.
What kind of ground conditions are required for container delivery?
Trucks need hard-standing ground, such as tarmac or concrete, to operate safely. They cannot deliver on soft surfaces like mud, soft earth, or grass because they risk getting stuck and damaging the vehicle.
Can trucks deliver shipping containers onto grass?
No, trucks cannot deliver containers onto grass because the vehicle could get stuck. They must remain on hard-standing surfaces at all times.
What preparations should I make for a container delivery?
Ensure the delivery site has suitable access, clear and stable ground, and no overhead obstructions. Preparing supports for the container, such as paving slabs or concrete pads, is also recommended to prevent sinking and ensure level placement.
How large are the trucks used for container deliveries?
Trucks vary in size, but articulated trucks used for 40ft containers are around 65ft long. Smaller rigid vehicles are typically around 40ft long. The exact size depends on the container and site access requirements.
Can trucks deliver containers into buildings?
Trucks can deliver containers into buildings if there is adequate overhead clearance for the crane to operate. The entrance must be large enough for the truck to enter, and there must be space for the crane's stabilisers.
What is the weight of a delivery vehicle?
Delivery vehicles can weigh over 25 tonnes for rigid trucks and over 35 tonnes for articulated trucks. Ensure your site and access roads handle this weight to avoid damage and failed deliveries.
How much space is required for container delivery?
Trucks need enough space for the vehicle, the container, and the crane's stabilisers, which extend outwards. Typically, an 8ft wide vehicle requires an additional 5ft on each side for the stabilisers.
What happens if my site has low bridges or overhanging branches?
Low bridges and overhanging branches can obstruct delivery. Inform the haulier about such obstacles so they can plan the route and possibly use a different vehicle or crane setup.
Can trucks lift containers over houses?
No, crane-equipped trucks are not long enough to lift containers over houses. Alternative methods like booking a separate crane may be necessary for such deliveries.
What should I do if I have a tight delivery site?
Please provide detailed information, photos, or videos for tight delivery sites. This helps us assess the situation and determine if delivery is feasible. A site survey may also be recommended.
Are there any additional costs for difficult deliveries?
Difficult deliveries may incur additional costs, such as site surveys, special equipment, or extra on-site time. It's best to discuss any potential challenges with us in advance.
Can trucks deliver multiple containers at once?
Trucks have the capability to transport multiple containers, contingent upon the vehicle and site accessibility. Certain vehicles are equipped to convey two 20ft containers in a single trip.
What should I do if there are overhead power lines near my delivery site?
Please inform us about any overhead power lines requiring significant clearance. For safety reasons, some hauliers may refuse to lift within 20 meters of live power cables.

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